Internship Opportunities

Internship Application Form

Under the Canada Transportation Act, the Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods (FRAIDG) is liable to pay claims for damages caused by crude oil when such damages exceed the railway’s limit of liability and insurance.

The FRAIDG has been in operation since June 2016. It is a small agency located in downtown Ottawa, in premises shared with the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF); the FRAIDG also shares SOPF’s staff of 15 to 20 persons in the office itself (employees and consultants, part-time and full-time) from various disciplines and backgrounds: marine, legal, information management, administration and accounting, clerical support, IT. In addition, the SOPF works with external lawyers and consultants, and with a number of stakeholders.

The FRAIDG Student Program offers internship opportunities (paid and unpaid) that provide learning-by-doing opportunities. The objective of the internship program is to provide professional development opportunities for Canadian students completing:

  • a degree program or a post-graduate program from a recognized university or college; or
  • a college technology program from a recognized college, graduating technicians; or
  • a post-graduate program with a professional organization (for professional certification purposes).

The program aims at providing opportunities to a variety of students and therefore aims at having a rotation between the various universities and programs, as well as between paid and unpaid internships.

The unpaid internship is a structured and supervised, professional, work-learn experience with our office, for which students earn academic credits from their university or college. It is “hands-on” training that provides an opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge to actual work situations. This opportunity is open to students that are registered in a university or college program that provides credits for this type of internship. The internship will need to be discussed with the university or college program coordinator and tailored to the student. A specific agreement will be signed between the university or college and the FRAIDG.

The unpaid internship can be full-time or part-time, depending on the conditions of the university or college program granting the credits.

The paid internship is a three or four consecutive month assignment that will help acquire beneficial insights that the classroom experience cannot provide, and apply on-the-job skills. This opportunity is open to university or college students (graduate or post-graduate) on a part-time or full-time basis.

In the case of a post-graduate program with a professional organization (for professional certification/articling purposes), the paid internship can be longer in order to fit the professional training requirements.

Depending on the student’s profile, the student could work in the following areas: administration, statistical reports, rail matters, communication and outreach, information management, IT, research, translation, legal, environmental issues, spill technology, crude oil spill focused research and development, etc.
The FRAIDG aligns itself on remuneration in the federal public service, including for student employment.
The short answer is yes. However, for unpaid internships with institutes/colleges or with universities having a program related to the Fund’s activities, distance work might be discussed and arranged - if feasible taking into account the type of work to be done.
The FRAIDG hosts between one and four interns per year. It is open to internships year-round, to the extent that the internships sought by the candidates match with FRAIDG’s needs, interests or projects. However, as a general rule, the FRAIDG avoids hosting more than one intern at a time.
There is no specific deadline for application. However, there may not be an immediate opportunity for the applicant. If the applicant’s profile is of interest for a potential internship, the timeslot for such internship may become available only several months later – or even the next year.
Applicants should fill out the attached Internship Application Form and send it, with requested supporting documents, to Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods, 180 Kent Street, Suite 830, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5, or via email: An individual follow-up will be provided to each applicant.